The Wild Fig Restaurant, which has been around for as long as I can remember… and their infamous Chicken pie is something that I have dreamed of for years!
Their offer of *that country feeling on your doorstep* couldn’t be truer… with a relaxed restaurant and some lovely tables on the stoep – not to mention the bar in the restored barn next door… everything about this place screams comfortable country dining.
but dont get me wrong – this isn’t just basic food – they have a wonderful menu with reasonable prices to match and their staff are friendly and efficient (our waitress Tammy was super great).
The fam-damn-ily went for dinner on our last night in SA – Mom, Dad, Bulent, Aunt Jules (famous for her lemon meringue pie, lemon tart and bobotie recipe), Uncle Arthur, HIM and I…. and lets me honest, as a waitron – nobody wants the table of 7 to look after… as they never co-ordinate their drink orders… they ask for things at different times… etc etc… (but of course my family are special… so everyone wants to serve us… right?!?)
We ordered the Roasted Butternut and Beetroot Salad (main R68) for the table to start…and I promise that it was beautifully presented when it arrived – but by the time I had got out my camera… a few pieces had already been served.
Dad ordered the Chicken Pesto Pasta (Strips of chicken in a creamy basil pesto sauce with fettucine pasta R88):
while Bulent opted for the Vegetarian Dolmades (Braised cabbage leaves stuffed with sautéed aubergine, grilled ribbon vegetables, mushroom & basmati rice, served with a basil mayonnaise R89) – and he said that it was DELICIOUS
Jules ordered the Crispy Roast Duck (Wild Fig’s signature dish, served with orange & Van der Hum sauce R145) and she Mmm-ed all the way through the meal!
Mom went for the Chicken & Mushroom Pie (comfort food at its best, baked to perfection in homemade pastry R95)
While HIM ordered the Chicken & Prawn curry (A spice driven North African curry with flavours of barishap, cumin & gharam marsala. Served with basmati rice, sambals & a poppadum R105)
and finally – Uncle A and I were both taken with the Game of the Day Special – Ostrich medallions served a top a large black mushroom with a blue cheese sauce… HELLOO!!! (R140)… it was DELICIOUS
All main meals are served with sharing plates of vegetables of the day and the BEST roast potatoes you have ever had!
and of course … with HIM in the room, we had to have desserts 🙂 his favourite being Créme Brulee (R37)
while Uncle Arthur choose the Ice Cream and chocolate sauce option (R36)
I had the Banana Fritters (R38) as I am a sucker whenever I see this dessert on the menu and this one was particularly divine!
and Mom ordered the Bread & Butter pudding (with fresh cream and apple sauce R39)
Would I go back? DEFINITELY… in fact, they were one of the contenders as a venue for our upcoming wedding… and the only reason we didn’t choose them was because the venue is too big! But their menu would have been spot-on!
The Wild Fig
Address: Liesbeek Avenue, Valkenburg Estate, Mowbray, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Telephone: +27 21 448 0507
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 12h00-15h30 & 19h00-22h30, Sunday: 12h00-15h30 & 19h00-21h30